Month: October 2011

Metalogix Showcases Breakthrough Performance, Migrating More Than 500GB per Day With Migration Manager for SharePoint and StoragePoint at the European SharePoint Conference 2011
Metalogix Showcases Breakthrough Performance, Migrating More Than 500GB per Day With Migration Manager for SharePoint and StoragePoint at the European SharePoint Conference 2011
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Metalogix Executive Dr. Steve Marsh to Discuss Operational Benefits of SharePoint as the Decade’s de Facto ECM Platform for Organizations

BERLIN, Oct 18, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — European SharePoint Conference — Metalogix Software, the trusted provider of content lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R), Exchange(R) and Cloud platforms, today announced that it will showcase its comprehensive suite of solutions for SharePoint management during the European SharePoint Conference 2011. Metalogix is a sponsor for this year’s event and will demonstrate its innovative content lifecycle management solutions for SharePoint from October 17-20 at the Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany, in booth #P4. In addition, Dr. Steve Marsh, Metalogix EMEA product marketing manager, will present a session on SharePoint as the sole Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform for organizations.

First announced at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference earlier this month, Metalogix is showcasing for the EMEA market the powerful performance enhancements to Metalogix Migration Manager for SharePoint 5.0 that can move more than 500GB per day for high-fidelity SharePoint upgrades. These enhancements address the operational need for speed when moving, upgrading or migrating SharePoint content, including multithreading technology, by providing radical gains in migration speeds while simultaneously ensuring high fidelity movement and integrity of SharePoint environments.

SharePoint Adoption rule #1:
SharePoint Adoption rule #1: “Forget about SharePoint”
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People are generally not interested in any kind of change, unless the change will help them do their job better, faster or easier – and very importantly – they need to feel this themselves! This is a fundamental principle of driving adoption of any kind of it system.

So where does this leave us with implementing SharePoint?

Mobile Applications for SharePoint Using HTML5
Mobile Applications for SharePoint Using HTML5
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Access to your business information: anytime, anywhere and from any device.
There lies great potential in mobile applications for SharePoint and a big opportunity for you as a developer!
Microsoft has sold more than 125 million SharePoint licenses to over 65,000 customers. And Tim Cook gave us the following number last week: “92% of the Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPad”

You can expect that your customers will ask you about mobile applications if they aren’t already. Be prepared!
Let me just give you an example. Take the original SharePoint desktop and mobile version of a “Task list” on an iPhone:

ABB grows internal collaboration through ‘social email’
ABB grows internal collaboration through ‘social email’
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Familiar interface increases uptake of Microsoft SharePoint
ABB, the power and automation technologies group, has adopted ‘social email’ software from harmon.ie as part of its effort to improve collaboration across the global business.

Prior to the implementation, ABB’s employees would access on average six to nine platforms to get their work done. This required them to toggle between their IBM Lotus Notes email, various Microsoft Office applications, instant messenger service from Sametime, web-based applications such as SAP and file servers including eRoom, Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 and Lotus Notes team rooms.

Yes, It's Time for a SharePoint App Store by Steve Gaitten, Director of Online Operations at Bamboo
Yes, It’s Time for a SharePoint App Store by Steve Gaitten, Director of Online Operations at Bamboo
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I enjoyed a well-considered article from Global 360’s Derek Weeks today on CMS Wire. Derek asks, “Is it Time for a SharePoint App Store?”

It’s a great question, and one that many of us have been asking for years, with only one obvious answer: “Yes!” But perhaps the more important question is, “Who can deliver it?”

Derek says, “As millions gained access to SharePoint from IT organizations that deployed it without an explicit strategy, its out-of-the-box experience often left them disappointed.” In my opinion that statement is obvious and not even remotely controversial. It reminds me of some old creative concepts I had developed for Bamboo that never quite made it to market

Sanlam cut contract generation time from hours to minutes
Sanlam cut contract generation time from hours to minutes
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Independent investment and derivative structuring division of one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups, Sanlam, replace their manual process of generating Investment Fund Policy Contracts with Document Automation solution for SharePoint

Qorus Software, an innovative IT company focused on development of document automation software for Microsoft SharePoint, today announced that Sanlam Structured Solutions (SSS), a division of one of South Africa’s leading financial services groups, Sanlam Life Insurance Limited, are using Qorus DocGeneration in their SharePoint environment. Sanlam Structured Solutions (SSS), which designs and provides structured investment and retirement solutions for the institutional and retirement fund industry, are using Qorus DocGeneration, Qorus’ flagship document generation solution for SharePoint, to reduce the time required to generate their investment fund policy contracts

Accura Case Study
Accura Case Study
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Background
As a leading international law firm, Accura provides services to a wide range of large Danish and multinational corporate clients, financial institutions, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, utilities, public authorities and governments as well as a number of successful medium-sized private companies, their owners and certain high net-worth individuals.

The Role of Governance in Migration Planning
The Role of Governance in Migration Planning
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In a CIOUpdate.com article entitled Prolific SharePoint Sites Undermine Governance, technology writer Jake Frazier outlines a common problem with the growing number of SharePoint customers: the uncontrolled growth of SharePoint sites, and how it impacts governance. SharePoint is proliferating in the marketplace, with KMWorld reporting SharePoint licenses at over 130 million worldwide. The more sites that are created and the more content added to your environment, the more difficult it can be to change course, correct mistakes, and implement a governance model. But the business value to having a formal governance model in place is enormous. As Mr. Frazier points out,

“To accomplish the defensible disposal of information, including information in SharePoint sites, companies must put in place and enforce a record retention policy that recognizes the three major reasons to keep information: business value, regulatory requirements and legal holds.“